Cyprus Settlement - Who Benefits?
2nd Keith Kyle Memorial Lecture
A joint event by the Hellenic Observatory, LSE
and the Association for Cypriot, Greek & Turkish Affairs
London School of Economics
Wednesday 25 February 2009
Europe Minister Caroline Flint MP set out why a Cyprus settlement is so important to the UK in the 2nd Keith Kyle Memorial Lecture on British-Cypriot Relations at the London School of Economics on Wednesday 25 February.
Caroline Flint said:
“With over 300,000 Greek and Turkish Cypriots living in the UK, a long history of trade and increasing numbers of British people choosing to retire in on the island, the UK and Cyprus have much in common. But, with a solution, this relationship will be even stronger and a resolution in Cyprus is strongly in the UK’s national interest.
With a settlement, the UK will benefit from a Cyprus fulfilling it potential on the international scene, the boost to Turkey’s EU aspirations – which we strongly support and the guarantee of long term stability, peace and security for the people of Cyprus and the wider region.”
Caroline Flint has a strong interest in supporting Cypriots to find a solution to the Cyprus problem and has made it one of her top personal priorities. Following a successful visit to the island in October (in her first week in the job) she has maintained a close interest in developments and visited the island earlier this month, meeting both leaders. In January she announced a UK donation of 50,000 Euros to the UN Mine Action Centre in Cyprus which helped this important confidence building measure continue its work.
The full text of the speech (but NOT of the Question and Answer Session) by Caroline Flint is available online at: